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  • 04/21/2020 1:24 PM | Deleted user

    On April 20, 2020 the Governor’s “Re-Open Florida Task Force” met for the first time. Speaking on the call were Governor DeSantis, Mark Wilson and Jerry Parish of the Florida Chamber (view the Chamber’s presentation on Florida’s economy), Division of Emergency Management (DEM) Director Jared Moskowitz, Surgeon General Scott Rivkees, Agency for Health Care Administration (AHCA) Secretary Mary Mayhew, and Chief of Staff Shane Strum.

    The executive members of the task force will meet via conference call every day this week at 2pm, with the last call scheduled for Friday. Audio streaming is available via The Florida Channel.  In between calls, there will be committees meeting virtually, grouped by industry. The Governor has asked for recommendations within a week.

    Executive Members

    • Lt. Gov. Jeanette Nuñez
    • Florida Chief Financial Officer Jimmy Patronis
    • Florida Attorney General Ashley Moody
    • Florida Senate President Bill Galvano
    • Florida House Speaker Jose Oliva
    • Senate President-designate Wilton Simpson
    • House Speaker-designate Chris Sprowls
    • Education Commissioner Richard Corcoran
    • Jamal Sowell, President & CEO, Enterprise Florida
    • Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez
    • Broward County Mayor Dale Holness
    • Palm Beach County Mayor David Kerner
    • John Couris, President & CEO, Tampa General Hospital
    • Josh D’Amaro, President, Walt Disney World Resort
    • Todd Jones, CEO, Publix Super Markets
    • Syd Kitson, Chairman, Board of Governors for the State University System
    • Paul Reilly, Chairman & CEO, Raymond James Financial
    • Alex Sanchez, President & CEO, Florida Bankers Association
    • Eric Silagy, President & CEO, Florida Power & Light Company
    • John Sprouls, CEO, Universal Orlando Resort and Executive Vice President, Universal Parks & Resorts
    • Patrick Sunderlin, Vice President, Global Supply Chain, Lockheed Martin Corp.
    • Joe York, President, AT&T Florida and Caribbean

  • 04/21/2020 1:19 PM | Deleted user

    For the latest updates on Florida COVID-19 State and local action click on the link below:

    Florida State and Local Action on COVID19 April 20 7pm.pdf

  • 04/18/2020 4:28 PM | Deleted user

    For the latest updates on Florida COVID-19 State and local action click on the link below:

    Florida State and Local Action on COVID19 April 17 8pm.pdf

  • 04/17/2020 9:03 AM | Deleted user

    For the latest Florida State and local COVID 19 updates along with White House guidelines for reopening  economy and the latest executive order regarding changes in the state unemployment assistance system click on the links below:

    Florida State and Local Action on COVID19 April 16 7pm.pdf


    EO 20-104 re unemployment assistance.pdf

  • 04/16/2020 8:17 AM | Deleted user

    For the latest Florida State and local COVID 19 updates along with an article about Governor DeSantis revamping the unemployment system for better data retrieval and to help streamline the application process, click on the links below.

    Florida State and Local Action on COVID19 April 15 8pm.pdf

    NSF_DeSantis revamps leadership of unemployment system.pdf

  • 04/15/2020 2:13 PM | Deleted user

    For the latest updates on Florida COVID-19 State and local action click on the link below:

    Florida State and Local Action on COVID19 April 15 12pm.pdf

  • 04/13/2020 2:05 PM | Deleted user

    For the latest updates on Florida COVID-19 State and local action click on the link below:

    Florida State and Local Action on COVID19 April 13 12pm.pdf

  • 04/10/2020 12:22 PM | Deleted user

    For the latest updates on Florida COVID-19 State and Local Action click on the link below:

    Florida State and Local Action on COVID19 April 9 7pm.pdf

  • 04/09/2020 7:13 AM | Deleted user

    Click on the link below for the State of Florida latest COVID-19 updates:

    Florida State and Local Action on COVID19 April 8 6pm.pdf

  • 04/08/2020 3:03 PM | Deleted user

    Apr 07, 2020

    TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Today, the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO) announced multiple actions taken to improve the ability for Floridians to access the Reemployment Assistance program. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, DEO is seeing historic increases in Floridians filing for Reemployment Assistance. Last week, Governor DeSantis signed Executive Order 20-93, directing DEO and other executive agencies to take all necessary actions to improve the Reemployment Assistance program.

    “I want to thank Governor DeSantis for providing my agency with the resources needed to assist Floridians as quickly as possible,” said Ken Lawson, Executive Director of the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity. “It is imperative that my team can provide multiple avenues to Floridians who have lost their jobs and been impacted by COVID-19. We are all hands-on deck throughout the state working with every state agency and resource we have, and we will not rest until the issues are resolved.”

    Additional Ways to Apply for Reemployment Assistance

    As many Floridians do not have access to a computer at this time, Governor DeSantis has instructed DEO to make paper Reemployment Assistance applications available for 

    ·       Beginning this week, CareerSource locations across the state will be providing paper applications and assisting Floridians with submitting their Reemployment Assistance applications. Visit www.CareerSourceFlorida.com for information and center locations.

    ·       FedEx is offering free printing and mailing of Reemployment Assistance paper applications at over 100 storefronts across the state.

    ·       Applications can be downloaded at www.FloridaJobs.org/COVID-19. Once the application is complete, individuals should mail them to:

    Florida Department of Economic Opportunity
    P.O. Box 5350
    Tallahassee, FL 32314-5350

    Additionally, to make it easier for Floridians to receive Reemployment Assistance, Governor DeSantis waived:

    ·       The waiting week, so individuals can claim their very first week of Reemployment Assistance. 

    ·       The work search and work registration requirements so individuals filing for Reemployment Assistance are not required to register in Employ Florida or submit information on a biweekly basis regarding the employers that they contacted each week while the state mitigates the spread of COVID-19. 


    DEO has worked with the Department of Management Services to dramatically enhance the capability of the online application system for Reemployment Assistance, CONNECT.

    ·       DEO has installed 72 new servers from the state’s back up data center in Winter Haven to increase capacity. The system can now handle up to 120,000 simultaneous connections by individuals filing claims. This allows for greater capacity than the 20,000 simultaneous connections that the system has been experiencing recently.

    ·       An additional 10 servers are being installed to assist the CONNECT system this week.

    “Governor DeSantis is bringing all resources to the table to respond to an unprecedented volume of need,” said Jonathan R. Satter, Secretary of the Florida Department of Management Services. “Our DMS team is committed to supporting DEO in getting Floridians the assistance they desperately need at this time. We will continue to allocate the technical and personnel resources necessary to provide Floridians the level of service they expect and deserve.”

    Providing Additional Customer Service Support

    During these historic times, the Governor has supported DEO by making resources available to assist with helping more Floridians as quickly as possible. Last week, DEO had nearly 200 staff working on the claims process for Reemployment Assistance.

    ·       Beginning today, Tuesday, April 7, more than 500 individuals will be providing support for the Reemployment Assistance claims process through contracts with customer call centers, CareerSource center staff and state employees.

    ·       By next week, that number will more than double when additional contracted staff, state employees and local workforce development boards are added to the team.

    The Florida Department of Revenue has provided DEO with 579 additional employees to begin processing Reemployment Assistance applications. This week, more than 2,300 state employees have volunteered to be available to answer calls, reply to emails and process applications.

    “The Department of Revenue is eager to assist the Department of Economic Opportunity in verifying the applications for Reemployment Assistance during this statewide health emergency. DOR has nearly 600 experienced employees who are ready to mobilize for this all-hands-on-deck effort,” said Dr. Jim Zingale Florida Department of Revenue.

    CARES Act Update

    The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act, also known as the CARES Act, signed into law on March 27, 2020, expands Reemployment Assistance benefits. DEO is working diligently to incorporate the new provisions of the CARES Act to ensure all Floridians who are eligible get their full amount of benefits. DEO will issue additional information about Pandemic Unemployment Assistance and Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Assistance as it becomes available. Benefits will be paid from the date they became eligible under the CARES Act. At this time, individuals who apply for Reemployment Assistance whose employment was negatively impacted as a result of COVID-19 will follow the same application, review and payment process as all applicants for Reemployment Assistance in Florida. 

    For more information about Reemployment Assistance benefits and how to apply, visit site www.FloridaJobs.org/COVID-19. Any Floridian whose employment has been negatively impacted as a result of COVID-19 to visit www.FloridaJobs.org/COVID-19 and watch a short video on how to apply.  

    About DEO

    The Florida Department of Economic Opportunity combines the state’s economic, workforce and community development efforts, expediting economic development projects to fuel job creation in competitive communities and promote economic resiliency. For more information, including valuable resources for employers and job seekers, please visit www.floridajobs.org.

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